Feb 10, 2021

Learn More: Eastern PA Annual Conference set for May 20-22

Eastern PA Annual Conference members will learn from a leading author and professor in contemporary evangelism during their 2021 annual session on Zoom and Facebook Live, May 21 at 2 PM. The Rev. Frederick Douglas Powe, Jr., PhD., is Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) and Professor of Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.

Dr. Powe, a recognized expert in African American and urban evangelism and a clergy member of the Baltimore/Washington Conference, will teach for about an hour and answer questions. He replaces the Rev. Junius Dotson, General Secretary of the UMC’s Discipleship Ministries agency, who was to do the teaching session but recently withdrew after revealing his current battle against cancer.

Powe’s teaching topic, Church Revitalization through Community Outreach, was on our conference agenda in 2020; but the agenda was modified due to limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While this year’s session will meet online just like in 2020, the still- streamlined agenda will include a shorter-than-usual teaching session, along with some legislative debate on submitted resolutions. Conference members will view the session as a webinar on Zoom, while others can view the video livestream on the Conference’s Facebook page.

In his teaching, writing and leading of the Lewis Center, Powe has shown a commitment to “helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering.” His research interests are church revitalization, urban theology, and Methodist theology.  

The Canton, Ohio, native has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and other degrees form Candler School of Theology at Emory and

Ohio Wesleyan University. He recently co-authored Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations, with Henry H. Knight III, (Discipleship Resources, 2016, second edition). The book was the first selection of the Conference Congregational Development Team’s new CDT Book Club in September 2020.

Powe also co-authored the popular Not Safe for Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations with the Rev. Jasmine Rose Smothers (Abingdon Press, 2015). He wrote New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations (Abingdon Press, 2012) and other books and contributions to numerous publications. He also taught at Saint Paul School of Theology in the Kansas City area (2004-2013) and has served congregations as Theologian-in-Residence, Associate Pastor and Director of Christian Education.